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Reducing inventory to improve costs

Reducing inventory to improve costs

The economic crisis is showing signs of falling behind, but that does not mean money is piling up, let alone that it is time to loosen control and the urge to cut back unnecessary expenses. Inventory management is one area…
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Understanding production chains

Understanding production chains

We always talk about the supply chain, the value chain, production chains, but we rarely take the time to stop and think about what these different chains mean in practice. In this post, we are going to demystify production chains,…
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Facility layout as a logistic tool

Facility layout as a logistic tool

Facility layout deals with arranging things within a facility. The things being place can be workshops in plants, machines, workstations, sections, offices… the facility in which these things are placed can be production plans, assembly lines, offices, workshops, etc. Simply…
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Quality management

Quality management

Quality is a subjective topic. Different people experience the same product differently. For example, how hot should your coffee be? Each one has a different measure, and this affects how they perceive the quality of the coffee. In more technical…
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Scheduling: rules and performance indicators

Scheduling: rules and performance indicators

Scheduling aims at controlling and balancing workload from tasks to resources in a production system. Many of its characteristics and goals are covered in our post Scheduling Problems. Here, we focus on solving the problem and measuring the quality of…
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Scheduling problems

Scheduling problems

Scheduling problems appear in several industries. A manufacturing company must decide the sequence and machines used in the production process of each product; a delivery company must decide on the sequence of customers to visit; a transportation company must determine which of…
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Key performance indicators

Key performance indicators

Key performance indicators (KPI) serve to assess and measure the performance level of important processes for businesses. They are widely used by managers to direct the efforts of employees and partners to improve the most important indexes. Performance indicators are…
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The ABC analysis and classification

The ABC analysis and classification

The ABC analysis is one of the tools the most used in logistics and needs to be well understood. The ABC analysis, also called the ABC Classification or Pareto Theorem (named after its creator), was born when he realized that…
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